Saturday, January 26, 2008

Examine the person

There is no point in fighting desires and fears which may be perfectly natural and justified; it is the person who is swayed by them, that is the cause of mistakes, past and future. This person should be carefully examined and its falseness seen; then its power over you will end. After all, it subsides each time you go to sleep.

All your preoccupations with yourself are only during waking hours and
partly in your dreams; in sleep all is put aside and forgotten. It shows
how little important is your waking life, even to yourself, that merely
lying down and closing the eyes can end it.

Each time you go to sleep, you do so without the least certainty of waking up and yet you accept
the risk.

-- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj